How many ways can you make a plant-based and vegan sandwich? It turns out that there are many and this chickpea salad sandwich is a favorite. What's great about it is that you probably already have a can of chickpeas in your pantry. It's really just a matter of mashing them in a bowl and adding the flavorings.
One of the common ingredients for a chickpea salad sandwich, which can be a replacement for tuna or chicken salad, by the way, is mayonnaise. Although there is vegan mayonnaise, I like using homemade mayo because it has so much less added fat.
Here's my recipe for plant-based, healthy homemade mayonnaise made with tofu and 1/4 cup raw, soaked cashews.
But, I digress. What are your traditional favorite additions to a mock tuna or chicken salad? I like mayo, mustard, celery, red onion, and sweet pickles, but dill pickles would be good, too. I've read that kelp granules can make it taste like tuna if that's to your liking.
Or, some people like lemon or nutritional yeast and green onions. It's all good and I would encourage you to experiment to find your sweet spot for a chickpea salad sandwich.
Some recipes add tahini and/or sunflower seeds. I think these could be good. Or how about a grated carrot or minced bell pepper?
Try some of these other plant-based and vegan sandwiches:
To serve you chickpea salad use a whole-grain bread. I like them open-faced
topped with avocado, tomato, and a few broccoli sprouts, which are super nutrient-rich, way more than broccoli, btw. Or, you could serve it as a lettuce wrap. Whatever your preference, it's sure to be a satisfying dish, one that's full of fiber and protein.
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